NTSB Identification: SEA01LA176.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 30, 2001 in Estacada, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2003
Aircraft: Bellanca 7ECA, registration: N1021E
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that he was taking off with a tailwind. During the ground roll, about 50 feet after the tail wheel was raised, the aircraft veered to the right. The pilot applied full left rudder control, however, the aircraft continued to the right off the side of the runway and collided with a fence. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the aircraft at the time, and that he did not have enough experience in the aircraft for a downwind takeoff.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the takeoff ground roll. A tailwind, fence and the pilot's lack of total experience in the type of aircraft were factors.

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